SAN ALLAND

WRITER, ARTIST, CURATOR

Sandra at Transpose Barbican with Chris Red (onscreen)

...storytelling with conscience & consciousness.

– d'bi.young.anitafrica

Sandra is a writer, filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist and curator who has published and presented widely throughout the UK, North America and Europe. 

 

(San uses the pronouns 'she/her' or 'they/them'.)

 

Sandra is co-editor (with Khairani Barokka & Daniel Sluman) of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, an anthology of 54 UK poets. Their poetic love affair with voice-activated software and disability poetics, Naturally Speaking, co-won Canada's 2013 bpNichol Award. They have published two other books of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction.

 

Sandra's short stories, poems, essays, plays and artworks have been anthologised in publications including We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology (404 Ink, 2019), Why Poetry? (Verve, 2018); Protest! Stories of Resistance (Comma Press, 2017), Trans*Homo (NoNo Verlag, 2012), Outspoken (Playwrights Canada Press, 2009); The State of the Arts (Coach House Books, 2006); and Red Light: Superheroes, Saints and Sluts (Arsenal Pulp, 2005). Other recent publications included The Deaf Poets Society, Gutter and Feral Feminisms. 

 

Sandra's readings and performances include Glasgow Autonomous Space, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Transpose (Barbican), Last Word (Roundhouse), Ledbury Poetry Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Soho Theatre (with Oxford Playhouse), Arts & Precarity Cabaret, Aye Write!, Jawdance (Apples & Snakes), Ottawa International Writers Festival and VERSeFest. They have a reputation for innovative interdisciplinary collaborations, and co-founded collectives including They They Theys and Zorras.

 

In 2016-17, Sandra was commissioned for Disability Arts Online's Viewfinder project, where they co-curated an exciting playlist of films by and about disabled and D/deaf artists, and co-created five new documentaries (with Lisa Mattocks and SICK! Festival). Sandra was an Anatomy Arts Associate Artist for 2016, collaborating with 15 artists and developing a live short story reading and film project based on their story, 'Equivalence' (published in Comma's Thought X, 2017). This went on to feature at Barbican and Edinburgh Filmhouse.

 

Sandra's group art shows include London's Tate Modern and Berlin's Schwules Museum. They have exhibited solo work at Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, MacRobert (Stirling), Malmo Queer Film Festival, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival and Entzaubert Queer DIY Film Festival (Berlin). In 2013, they were awarded an LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission (National Lottery) to mentor D/deaf and disabled queer and trans filmmakers.

 

Since 2009, Sandra has curated Scotland's intersectional arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! They have been artist-in-residence at Canada's Banff Centre, Mexico's FONCA, and Scotland's GoMA. Along with Ajamu X, they were an inaugural artist-in-residence at Trongate 103.

 

 

The place is rammed...and the show does not disappoint. Reminiscent of Miranda July and complemented by a deadpan delivery, Alland's words are at once both drolly funny and sweetly strange. 

– Lock Up Your Daughters Magazine, Glasgow

photo by Kat Gollock